Obtaining ports collection
barner at in.tum.de
Fri Jun 20 04:11:14 PDT 2003
> I have a very slow connection an I want to update the ports collection
> of my FreeBSD 4.7(i386) Release box. Somehow I have managed to download
> the collection from the
> "ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/branches/-current/ports.tar.gz" and
> I have expanded it into a new "/usr/ports/" directory, renaming my old
> collection to "/usr/ports.bak/" To you think that this "trick" will
> actually work, or am I violating some rules?
While this will of course work, there is no need to download the whole
collection via ftp. CVSup might have been a faster alternative:
As a supfile, you should use modified copy of
You can als re-use your source tar-balls from you old ports tree (the
are in /usr/ports.bak/distfiles now
More information about the p.c. can be found here:
> Is the ports collection of
> the "current" branch appropriate for my FreeBSD 4.7 box or not?
Yes, there is only a current branch of the ports collection. While it is
recommended to use a -STABLE box with an up-to-date p.c., most of the
ports should work on your 4.7 box.
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